Louis Armstrong, the cele brated jazz trumpeter and singer, died in his sleep yester day morning at his home in the Corona section of Queens. He had observed his 71st birthday Sunday. Death was attributed to a heart attack.
Early life and career
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A musical Immortal
Although Armstrong claimed to be born in , various documents, notably a baptismal record, indicate that was his birth year. He grew up in dire poverty in New Orleans , Louisiana, when jazz was very young. In he was sent to the Colored Waifs Home as a juvenile delinquent. Armstrong developed rapidly: he played in marching and jazz bands, becoming skillful enough to replace Oliver in the important Kid Ory band about , and in the early s he played in Mississippi riverboat dance bands. Fame beckoned in when Oliver, then leading a band in Chicago , sent for Armstrong to play second cornet. There he created his most important early works, the Armstrong Hot Five and Hot Seven recordings of —28, on which he emerged as the first great jazz soloist. By then the New Orleans ensemble style, which allowed few solo opportunities, could no longer contain his explosive creativity.
An all-star virtuoso, he came to prominence in the s, influencing countless musicians with both his daring trumpet style and unique vocals. Armstrong's charismatic stage presence impressed not only the jazz world but all of popular music. Louis Armstrong was born on August 4, , in New Orleans, Louisiana, in a neighborhood so poor that it was nicknamed "The Battlefield. Armstrong had a difficult childhood: His father was a factory worker and abandoned the family soon after Louis's birth. His mother, who often turned to prostitution, frequently left him with his maternal grandmother. Armstrong was obligated to leave school in the fifth grade to begin working. A local Jewish family, the Karnofskys, gave young Armstrong a job collecting junk and delivering coal. They also encouraged him to sing and often invited him into their home for meals. On New Year's Eve in , Armstrong fired his stepfather's gun in the air during a New Year's Eve celebration and was arrested on the spot. He was then sent to the Colored Waif's Home for Boys.